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National Child Measurement Programme - England, 2009-2010, School year

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Regions, Local Authorities
Date Range:
01 Sep 2009 to 31 Aug 2010


As a result of detailed validations carried out during production of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) national dataset for Public Health Observatories (PHOs) in January 2011, a local issue affecting the published prevalence rates in Redbridge Primary Care Trust (PCT) (5NA) and Redbridge Local Authority (LA) (00BC) in 2008/09 and 2009/10 has been detected.

Due to the localised and relatively minor nature of the issue, neither the affected NCMP reports nor the accompanying Excel tables available on the website will be amended as a result of this issue. The underlying NCMP datasets made available for further analysis via PHOs, the National Obesity Observatory and UK Data Archive have been amended and so will differ slightly from published data.

Please see the NCMP Issue Notification document available for download above for further information.

This report summarises the key findings from the Government's National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) for England, 2009/10 school year. The report provides high-level analysis of the prevalence of 'underweight', 'healthy weight', overweight' and 'obese' children, in Reception (aged 4-5 years) and Year 6 (aged 10-11 years), measured in state schools in England in the school year 2009/10.

This report presents the headline findings for the 2009/10 NCMP. The National Obesity Observatory (NOO) will produce additional analysis in 2011 (expected to be published in March 2011), and the anonymised national dataset will be made available to Public Health Observatories (PHOs) to allow regional and local analysis of the data. In addition, NOO will also be presenting NCMP data in an e-Atlas, an interactive mapping tool that enables the user to compare a range of indicators and examine correlations and allows regional and national comparisons.


  • In Reception, nearly a quarter (23.1 per cent) of the children measured were either overweight or obese. In Year 6, this rate was one in three (33.4 per cent).
  • The percentage of obese children in Year 6 (18.7 per cent) was nearly double that of Reception (9.8 per cent), whilst the percentage of overweight children was higher in Year 6 (14.6 per cent) than in Reception (13.3 per cent).
  • The overall prevalence of underweight children was higher in Year 6 (1.3 per cent) than in Reception (0.9%). In Reception, more boys were underweight than girls (1.1 per cent and 0.7 per cent respectively); whereas in Year 6, more girls were underweight than boys (1.5 per cent and 1.1 per cent respectively).
  • Obesity prevalence varied by Strategic Health Authority (SHA) ranging from 8.4 per cent in South East Coast SHA to 11.6 per cent in London SHA for Reception, and from 16.1 per cent in South West SHA to 21.8 per cent in London SHA for Year 6
  • Obesity prevalence is significantly higher than the national average for children in both school years in the ethnic groups: 'Asian or Asian British','Any Other Ethnic Group', 'Black or Black British' and 'Mixed'


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